Approachable Leadership Blog
“Leaders who rely on power get burned, and yet, many of them rely on position or formal authority to get things done.” Phil Wilson was responding to questions about bad habits executives can fall prey to. Terri Williams, writing for the Executive Education Navigator,...
Retention. Retention. Retention. It is your last interview for a big HR job. Your future boss and 2 other leaders finish their questions.You feel pretty good. Then your future boss finishes the interview with this question: “What questions do you have for...
People who trust their immediate managers are much more likely to trust organizational leaders. This, from a 2017 study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Ashley Fulmer, one of the authors of the study lays out a brief synopsis of her “trickle up” leadership theory in this HRB article. The basic idea is that the key to creating trust in an organization is to focus on one-on-one relationship-building between leaders and those they lead.
Fast Company’s recent article “The Link Between Employee Motivation and Their Manager’s Mental State” dives into a new study from the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes that looked how a leader’s mindset affects his or her team’s performance…
A few months ago, Michael Bungay Stainer asked me to list my Five Essential Books for Being a More Approachable Leader. It inspired me to list some books I’ve been reading this year. Here are 5 books on doing more great work.
Have you ever quit your boss? You wouldn’t be weird if you did. In fact, you’d be right in the middle of the bell curve. Because in a recent Gallup study of 7,272 U.S. adults a whopping 50 percent of employees said they left a job “to get away from their manager to improve their overall life at some point in their career.” I want to point out one phrase again: “to improve their overall life.”
Anyone looking to stop the “corporate death spiral” and get turnover under control? Here are 5 tips to turnaround your turnover issues.
Turnover costs a lot. But have you really considered how expensive? Voluntary turnover is projected to be 20% this year. And it will directly cost employers over $11 billion. Here’s 8 hidden costs you may have not considered.
Here’s 5 Research-Backed Steps to Increase OCBs for Your Team. One: Focus On Progress, Not Engagement. Have you ever struggled with meditation? You sit and tell your brain to be calm, but instead your “monkey-mind” goes into overdrive thinking about… well, everything but being calm.
Sometimes the most unhappy employees are the most engaged. Don’t believe me? I’ve got a quick story that might change your mind. I know this may come as a surprise to many of you, but I haven’t always been the picture of health and wellness that I am today.
How well do you exercise self-control? It’s a challenge for most leaders. This article provides 3 research-backed tips for increasing your self-control as a leader.
Everybody experiences bias. Here are 3 proven tactics from research to overcome implicit and cognitive bias that faces leaders every day.
We all know how it feels to want acceptance. Your employees want acceptance too. Here are 3 questions they don’t ask, but desperately want answered.
When do people need leadership the most? When they don’t know what to do. This article is about keeping calm under pressure.
What’s in an open door policy? By now I’m sure you’ve all heard about the leadership controversy surrounding Steve Harvey. Let’s dive in.
Leaders all struggle with this exact same power dynamic. The only way for us to truly accomplish our goals is if our teams feel powerful too.
“Warmth eats competence for breakfast.” A Zenger Folkman study looked at over 50,000 managers. It found that “a leader’s overall effectiveness is predicted more by warmth than competence.”
Don’t Mess With Mother Nature. Last week I continued my hike of the Ozark Highlands Trail. It was a beautiful day for a hike and my good friend Mike and I hit the trail planning on a nice 9-miler.